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Acyclovir (Topical) (ay SYE kloe veer)

Pediatric Medication

Brand Names: U.S.

Sitavig; Zovirax

Brand Names: Canada

Zovirax

What is this drug used for?

  • It is used to treat cold sores.
  • It is used to treat genital warts.

What do I need to tell the doctor BEFORE my child takes this drug?

  • If your child has an allergy to acyclovir, valacyclovir, or any other part of this drug.
  • If your child is allergic to any drugs like this one or any other drugs, foods, or other substances. Tell the doctor about the allergy and what signs your child had, like rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
This drug may interact with other drugs or health problems.
Tell the doctor and pharmacist about all of your child’s drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) and health problems. You must check to make sure that it is safe for your child to take this drug with all of their drugs and health problems. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any drug your child takes without checking with the doctor.

What are some things I need to know or do while my child takes this drug?

All products:

  • Tell dentists, surgeons, and other doctors that your child is using this drug.

If your child is pregnant or breast-feeding a baby:

  • Talk with the doctor if your child is pregnant, becomes pregnant, or is breast-feeding a baby. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks of using this drug.

Ointment:

  • This drug is not a cure for herpes infections. Talk with the doctor.

If your child is or may be sexually active:

  • If your child has genital herpes, this drug will not stop it from spreading. Be sure your child does not have any kind of sex when any sores or other signs of genital herpes are present. Genital herpes can also be spread if your child does not have any signs. Talk with the doctor.

All other products:

  • This drug will not cure cold sores. Talk with your doctor.

Buccal tablets:

  • If your child is allergic to milk, talk with the doctor.
  • Do not give this drug to younger children. The chance of choking may be raised.

Cream, ointment:

  • Talk with your child’s doctor before you use other drugs or products on your child’s skin.

What are some side effects that I need to call my child’s doctor about right away?

WARNING/CAUTION: Even though it may be rare, some people may have very bad and sometimes deadly side effects when taking a drug. Tell your child’s doctor or get medical help right away if your child has any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:
  • Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
  • Very bad irritation where this drug is used.

What are some other side effects of this drug?

  • All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your child’s doctor or get medical help if any of these side effects or any other side effects bother your child or do not go away:

Cream, ointment:

  • Skin irritation.
  • Burning.
  • Stinging.
  • Dry skin.
  • Itching.

Cream:

  • Dry lips.

Buccal tablets:

  • Headache.
  • Pain where it was placed.
These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your child’s doctor. Call your child’s doctor for medical advice about side effects.
You may report side effects to your national health agency.

How is this drug best given?

Give this drug as ordered by your child’s doctor. Read and follow the dosing on the label closely.

Cream, ointment:

  • Use as you have been told, even if your child feels well.
  • Do not give by mouth. Use on your child’s skin only. Keep out of your child’s mouth, nose, and eyes (may burn).
  • Wash your hands before and after use.
  • Clean affected part before use. Make sure to dry well.
  • Put a thin layer on the affected part and rub in gently.

Cream:

  • Use at the first sign of a cold sore.
  • Avoid putting on healthy skin.
  • Be sure your child does not rub the cold sore. Rubbing the cold sore may make it worse. It may also cause the cold sore to spread to other areas around the mouth.

Ointment:

  • Use a rubber glove to put on the ointment. This helps to prevent the spread of infection.

Buccal tablets:

  • Use within 1 hour after the first signs of a cold sore. Put on the same side of the mouth as the cold sore.
  • Dry your hands and place the tablet in your child’s mouth above the incisor tooth between the upper cheek and gum. Have your child let it melt during the day.
  • Be sure your child does not swallow this drug whole. Do not let your child chew, break, or crush.
  • Do not let your child suck on this product.
  • Do not take out the tablet from the tablet pack until you are ready to give this drug to your child. Give the tablet right away after opening the blister pack. Do not store the tablet for future use.
  • Your child may eat and drink when using this drug. Be sure your child avoids doing things that may knock the tablet loose, like chewing gum, touching the tablet, wearing upper dentures, and brushing teeth.
  • If your child’s mouth gets dry when using this drug, have your child drink more liquids.
  • If the drug does not stick or falls out within the first 6 hours, put the same tablet back in. If you cannot do this, put in a new tablet.
  • If the drug is swallowed within the first 6 hours, have your child drink a glass of water and put in a new tablet.
  • If the drug falls out or is swallowed after the first 6 hours, you do not need to re-apply a tablet.

What do I do if my child misses a dose?

  • Put on a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
  • If it is close to the time for your child’s next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your child’s normal time.
  • Do not put on 2 doses or extra doses.

How do I store and/or throw out this drug?

  • Store at room temperature. Do not freeze.
  • Protect from heat.
  • Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
  • Check with your pharmacist about how to throw out unused drugs.

General drug facts

  • If your child’s symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your child’s doctor.
  • Do not share your child’s drug with others and do not give anyone else’s drug to your child.
  • Keep a list of all your child’s drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your child’s doctor.
  • Talk with your child’s doctor before giving your child any new drug, including prescription or OTC, natural products, or vitamins.
  • Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. If you have any questions about this drug, please talk with your child’s doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.

Consumer Information Use and Disclaimer

This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only the healthcare provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for a specific patient. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from the healthcare provider. You must talk with the healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.

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